Lappage Law and Legal Definition

Lappage refers to the overlapping of part or all of a piece of land claimed by one person on land claimed by another. The situation exists when a party claims right under a deed and another claims large part of the same land under a grant.

“Where there is a lappage in the specific descriptions in respective deeds to adjacent lots derived from a common source, each deed constitutes color of title as to the lappage under the lines and boundaries called for in the deed”. [Whiteheart v. Grubbs, 232 N.C. 236 (N.C. 1950)]